Iran suffer third loss at 2019 FIBA World Cup

September 4, 2019 - 19:58

TEHRAN – Iran national basketball team lost to Spain 73-65 at the 2019 FIBA World Cup on Wednesday.

Marc Gasol produced 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the winners.

Mohammad Jamshidi tossed in 15 points for Iran as they fell at 0-3 record in Group C.

Iran will meet the Philippines and Angola in the classification stage which starts on Friday.

“It was a strong and physical game. We lost focus in the last two minutes. We lost but our heads are held high. We did our best but Spain used their experience in the last two minutes. We face Philippines and Angola, which we wish to win. Very important games for us. We have to use this opportunity and it brings us another chance. Tomorrow is another day for us. We are ready for the next stage,” Iran coach Mehran Shahintab said.

The tournament takes place in China and features 32 teams from around the globe.

Spain advanced to the next stage with three consecutive wins joined by Puerto Rico with two wins and one loss.

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